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The Death Dealer (Harrison Investigation #6)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Author Genevieve O' Brien knows all about nightmares -- she survived two months as a prisoner of a deranged killer. Now, the media is buzzing about the Poe Killings, a string of homicides mirroring the author's macrabre stories. The victims were members of a literary society devoted to the master of crime fiction -- and Genevieve's own mother may be next! Spooked by the bi ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 366 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Center Point (first published March 25th 2008)
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
This book is actually 2.75 stars. Warning, this book references events in "Dead Room" which I didn't know anything about until someone mentioned to me that there was in fact a prequel. Who knew? It wasn't marked clearly enough for me.

Anyhoo, the constant referencing is probably there for people like me who didn't know and therefore didn't read the first book. So, each character character is affected by the events of the first book - it was a decent book but nothing to write home about.

The premi
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Marie
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the storyline! P.I. Joe Connolly and Genevieve O'Brown are investigating a murder which leads to several other deaths, each involving similarities to Edgar Allen Poe stories. While they look for clues they each experience contact with ghosts and have to work through the realization that the ghosts are real and helping them to survive the killer(s).
Paraphrodite
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I consider this as a sequel to The Dead Room. The protagonists are all back in New York, this time the murder is linked to Edgar Allan Poe and his books.

After that totally unexpected ending in The Dead Room, I was ambivalent about this one. Still, it was a good read.
ChocolatPony
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Ein Serienmörder treibt in New York sein Unwesen. Die Opfer: Mitglieder der Edgar-Allan-Poe-Gesellschaft. Genevieve OBrien macht sich große Sorgen, um ihre Mutter, die ebenfalls Mitglied der “Raben” ist. Hat es der Mörder somit auch auf ihre Mutter abgesehen? Genevieve bittet den gut aussehenden Privatdetektiv Joe Connolly um Hilfe und muss sich schnell eingestehen, dass dies nicht der einzige Grund ist, wieso sie den Detektiv gerne in ihrer Nähe hat. Gemeinsam begeben sie sich auf eine Ja
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Gina
Rather disappointing…

Genevieve is convinced that the recent death and accident of two members of the New York Poe Society, known as “Ravens”, are connected. Joe doesn’t believe there’s a case. But Genevieve is certain, and as her mother is a Raven, she’ll do anything to protect her.

With the help of friends, Genevieve and Joe investigate and get down to the bottom of what’s going on. Genevieve is having disturbing dreams, Joe is seeing dead people, and while Genevieve accepts that she can see thi
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Puti
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
01.17 pagi. Masih terbilang belum cocok untuk dikatakan 'pagi', atau lebih tepatnya dikatakan dini hari. Ya, aku baru saja menyelesaikan novel yang membuatku hampir sangat bergidik. Awalnya aku sempat membaca ini 5 atau 6 hari sebelumnya dan itu hanya beberapa lembar. Rasa malas mulai menghantuiku hingga akhirnya aku mulai melanjutkannya kemarin siang. Ini novel karangan Heather Graham yang pertama kali ku baca. Novel misteri yang terselipkan kisah horor serta romansa cinta di dalamnya. Kisah pe ...more
BJ Rose
I'm glad I read The Dead Room first, or I might have gotten too frustrated to continue. So I can understand the low ratings from people who read this as a stand-alone. I didn't like this quite as much as The Dead Room, but was glad I continued what was really an unfinished story. There are definitely times when the reader needs to be alerted to the fact that this story really started in the previous book.
Heidi
This was not my favorite Heather Graham book. I gave the book almost 150 pages but I couldn't get into it. The male lead seemed like a ... there's no other word for it but ... milktoast... rather he doesn't really have a personality. He apparently lost the woman he loved in a previous book or situation that is followed up in this novel. I was disappointed since I really like her civil war books and what not this one was... disappointing.
Marianne Jay
This one was a bit slow in the beginning and if you didn't read the 4th book in the series, you will have a hard time following the book.

However, the middle and the ending are good and I am still going to finish the series.
Doris
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This Heather Graham novel is somewhat different to the others. It is actually introduced and completed by a ghost narrator - literally a ghost presents herself as well as the story and then appears again in the summing up of the tale, explaining what happened in the end. On top of that, she is also involved in the actual adventure herself, thus her 'knowledge' of what is going on in the first place. And no, it does neither sound nor come across as cheesy, in fact, the author weaves everything in ...more
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Summary
A serial killer fixated on Edgar Allan Poe stalks New York City in this captivating paranormal romantic thriller from bestseller Graham (The Last Noel). When philanthropist Genevieve O'Brien hires PI Joe Connolly to investigate the murder of Thorne Bigelow, a member of the New York Poe Society, to which Gen's mother also belongs, Joe is initially reluctant to take the case. He's worried about his recently discovered knack for hearing dead people tal
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Maura
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Kristen
Someone's killing members of the New York Poe society!

Heather Graham writes clever, interesting easy-to-read murder mysteries with a paranormal twist and a little bit of romance, and I enjoy her books.

This book, because of the Poe Society connection offers a side aspect of some history about Edgar Allen Poe, as the main characters, in the investigation of the murders take a trip through the places, in both New York and other cities, where Poe spent key parts of his life.

There are some red herrin
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Pamela
I am so glad that I read The Dead Room prior to this book. It was easy to jump right into this book, and storyline. This mystery follows Joe again, as he is asked to help solve a distressing murder involving the local Poe Society, better known as the Ravens. Joe is still reeling over the loss of Leslie, and his cousin Matt, who he feels he has failed. Genevieve O'Brien, who hires Joe , she fears for her mother's safety, since she is on the Board of the Society. Joe though is having problems as w ...more
Hikachi
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Michael
The Ravens are members of a society who read and study the work of Edgar Allen Poe. When one member of the society is murdered and another survives a serious auto accident, Genevieve O'Brien asks her friend, P.I. Joe Connolly, to investigate.

Genevieve knows about horror and killing since she survived being held prisoner by a crazed killer.

The newspapers refer to the case as the Poe Killings and Genevieve fears that her mother might be the next victim.

To add fun to the story, the author uses phra
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Ursula Gorman
I usually love Heather Graham, and this is no exception. While I didn't feel this was her best work and it was different from most of the Harrison Investigation books I've read, I still enjoyed it!! But even though this wasn't my favorite book of hers, it's still better than most! I love the Harrison Investigation series and the Nighthawks.
I enjoyed reading about Joe and Gen, it seems from the story that they were introduced in an earlier book, but I haven't had the pleasure of reading it yet.
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Sharon
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rich girl Genevieve (who had narrowly escaped a serial killer, perhaps in a previous book?) hires PI Joe Conolly to investigate the poisoning murder of a member of the New York Poe Society to which her mother belongs. After starting to investigate, Joe starts disturbingly hearing dead people speak, and then Gen starts to hear and see dead people as well. Other people linked with Poe are killed/injured and cases in Baltimore are also linked. The ability to hear ghosts helps Joe with the case and ...more
Laurie
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heather-graham
The Death Dealer was another average performance for Heather Graham. As the sequel to The Dead Room, I was hoping for a stronger story. The characters Joe Connolly and Genevieve O'Brien are carried over and the plot has them pursuing a killer who is targeting members of a group of Poe fans called the Ravens. Unfortunately, a book that had great potential felt like a knock-off of the first book. Joe and Genevieve begin having visions and communicating with ghosts (much like Leslie in The Dead Roo ...more
Myra
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can go 2.5 stars, I guess. A member of a local Poe society is killed, and anoth suffers a mysterious accident that almost leads to death. Are these incidents connected? Is there a serial killer on the loose?

Had this just been a mystery with no gimmicks, it would have been fine. But the paranormal aspect took away from the story for me. If only one person could communicate with ghosts, it might have been okay. But having multiple characters with this ability just made it absurd. Plus, there wer
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Anna
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Really not bad. I don't think I've ever read a book by Heather Graham previously (though it's possible) and it was a pleasant surprise. There wasn't the intensity that I was expecting from a book with such a provocative title but it grabbed my attention and kept it.

Which made the ending so much more disappointing but that's my own issue. I felt the rise to the conclusion was ridiculous considering the actions of the characters throughout the rest of the book. However, once again, that's
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Evelyn Bryant
Typical, of this author, with intrigue, etc, but not very interesting as the characters did not stand out in any way. There was not sufficient tension between Joe and Genevieve to even make them interesting. Genevieve was rather tiresome. She hires Joe to check into the situation but then insists on putting herself in possible harm although she knows that this stresses him. Then if that is not enough she insists that she go out and does the investigation herself. How he could have come to love s ...more
Jessica
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like grahams writing and this story was no different. throw together a strong but troubled girl with a hot protective guy and im in paranormal aspects are just icing on the cake. the plot and the twist were both great and surprisingly i liked the switches in narrator. i do think some things should have been fleshed out more though. for instance the obsession with leslie is always there but never full explained. in addition the sex between joe and gen was sweet and fairly hot though short in de ...more
Laura Ruetz
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a huge fan of Heather Graham books and this one does not disappoint. This is the book that follows the Dead Room. I will say that you do not have to have read The Dead Room first to understand this book. The author has explained enough about the characters and the plot of that book so that new readers are able to understand what had happened in the past, clearly and without bogging down the book.

The book involves murders based on Edgar Allen Poe, which naturally captured my a
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Sharon
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to classify "The Death Dealer" by genre; it's part paranormal, part mystery, and a smattering of romance.

We have a private investigator, Joe, who is hired by Genevieve to help investigate a murder -- because she fears her mother might be targeted. The victim and Genevieve's mother are both members of the local Poe Society ... and the murder seems reminiscent of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado."

Joe, though, is hearing ghost's voices -- two different dead men speak to him, and his one-ti
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Kate
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a rarity: a romantic suspense that actually frightened. Usually it's the romance that takes prominence in the story, not the suspense. This book, however, was very strong in suspense and scares.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is I can imagine most people feeling overloaded with information about Poe. Since I'm a big time Poe fan, it didn't bother me so much (and it helped that I was reading it for a school project on Poe). I did love learning about the Ravens, the soci
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Ellyn
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book continues the story of Joe and Genevieve who first appeared in "The Dead Room." I had hoped that this book would improve on the first, but it was pretty much as flat as it. The mystery "Poe Killings" aspect was just not believable or interesting and the ghost whisperer aspect was not fleshed out enough. And I hate that so many books rush the endings--you find out who the bad guy is, the hero/heroine is rescued, and bam, it's over. There wasn't enough of Leslie's view from the otherside ...more
Evelyn
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Social worker Genevieve O'Brien is still struggling emotionally after being held hostage by a deranged killer. She hires PI Joe Connolly after she learns that someone may be killing members of a literary society called The Ravens because her mother is a member. When Genevieve and Joe start getting clues from beyond the grave, the story really gets going.

Continues storyline and characters from The Dead Room. Interesting paranormal twist to the usual romantic suspense story makes for a great read
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Christelle
Comme les tomes précédents, cet opus est aussi plaisant que les autres. On est ici plongée dans l'univers d'Edgar Allan Poe, ce qui m'a d'ailleurs envie de lire ses livres ( et bonne nouvelle, plusieurs de ses écrits sont disponibles en téléchargement gratuit).
On retrouve ici comme personnages principaux deux personnages d'un tome d'avant, La crypte mystérieuse, Joe Connelly et Genevieve O'Brien.
Brianna
okay, i never finished this book, so i am not going to rate it. i couldn't finish it because of three reasons: One is the previosu book featuring Joe and the girl left a bad taste in my mouth. I really want Joe and Lesile to end up togehter. two is in the beginning of the novel, i can see that joe is still hung up over lesile and that really pissed me off because if she hadn't killed her of, they would probably be together. third is that i think these character are a little bit over work and it' ...more
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria
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Other Books in the Series

Harrison Investigation (8 books)
  • Haunted (Harrison Investigation, #1)
  • Ghost Walk  (Harrison Investigation, #2)
  • The Vision (Harrison Investigation, #3)
  • The Dead Room (Harrison Investigation, #4)
  • The Seance (Harrison Investigation, #5)
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